This year the Wild Defender Trophy overlanding event will make its way through the incomparable Mapungubwe National Park. Get ready for epic landscapes that will both challenge and inspire you.

From 27 to 30 April 2018 nature lovers who like to venture off the beaten track are in for a treat. The Wild Defender Trophy Limpopo 2018 promises a thrilling line-up of 4×4 driving, wilderness camping and, of course, discovering Limpopo’s natural beauty in your Land Rover Defender.

Undoubtedly the highlight of 2018 is that participants will visit Mapungubwe National Park. Famous for its towering baobabs, majestic elephants and ancient artefacts, this national park never ceases to amaze. Aside from setting up camp at a World Heritage Site, overlanders will enjoy the thrills of natural obstacles and wilderness routes.

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Defender Trophy Limpopo 2018 (1)-min

Pictures courtesy of Johan Kriek

Good news is that you do not have to be a hard-core off-roader to participate. “This is a family-friendly overland event. All you need is a Land Rover Defender and camping gear,” says Defender Trophy’s Johan Kriek.

During the event, drivers will accumulate points by answering daily questionnaires based on local culture, fauna and flora. “At Mapungubwe we will follow the ranger’s tracks where you sometimes have to engage low-range to safely negotiate natural obstacles. This is Defender-friendly country!”


  • Friday 27 April: Start at Blouberg Nature Reserve, near Vivo – bush camping
  • Saturday 28 April: Mapungubwe National Park – wild camping on the banks of the Limpopo River
  • Sunday 29 April: Shared accommodation at Evangelina Game Lodge with prize-giving dinner
  • Monday 30 April: Participants depart

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Defender Trophy Limpopo 2018 (2)-min

Good to know

  • Participants should be self-sufficient in terms of food, drinking water and camping equipment.
  • A GPS, ideally loaded with the latest Tracks4Africa maps, will be essential for navigation.
  • Bush camping facilities have no ablutions.


A basic entry fee of R8,500 per vehicle (two participants) includes:

  • Event, trail and camping fees
  • A prize-giving dinner on Sunday
  • Lodge accommodation on Sunday night
  • A free tank of fuel at the start
  • Stunning prizes

Additional occupants can participate at R750 per person. Members of Land Rover Owners Club of Southern Africa will save 10% on the basic entry fee.


Register online or send an email to [email protected] for more information. Follow Defender Trophy on Facebook or Twitter for event updates.

Mapungubwe’s must-see attractions

  • Book a guided tour of Mapungubwe Hill where remains of South Africa’s oldest known kingdom were unearthed.
  • Go on a tree-top walk and marvel at the Confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers.
  • Come face to face with precious artefacts, including the Golden Rhino, at the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre and Museum.
  • Have your camera ready to snap some of South Africa’s most impressive baobabs.

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Defender Trophy Limpopo 2018 (6)-min